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Jul 31, 2013

HELP FOR THE HAUNTED Sweepstakes and Limited Time Offer!‏

Booknerdigans, I've got a new book to bring to your attention today: Help for the Haunted by John Searles. John is the critically acclaimed author of Boy Still Missing and Strange but True, and now he is back with an eerie and compelling new novel that is sure to keep you up at night.

Also, along with today's bookish news, there's an awesome sweepstakes that I want to bring to your attention in case Help for the Haunted is a book that registers on your radar. Don't miss the epic-ness!

About the book:

Title: Help for the Haunted: A Novel
Author: John Searles
Publisher: William Morrow
Release date: September 17, 2013

It begins with a call one snowy February night. Lying in her bed, young Sylvie Mason overhears her parents on the phone across the hall. This is not the first late-night call they have received, since her mother and father have an uncommon occupation: helping "haunted souls" find peace. And yet something in Sylvie senses that this call is different from the others, especially when they are lured to the old church on the outskirts of town. Once there, her parents disappear, one after the other, behind the church's red door, leaving Sylvie alone in the car. Not long after, she drifts off to sleep, only to wake to the sound of gunfire.

As the story weaves back and forth through the years leading up to that night and the months following, the ever-inquisitive Sylvie searches for answers and uncovers secrets that have haunted her family for years.

Capturing the vivid eeriness of Stephen King's works and the quirky tenderness of John Irving's novels, Help for the Haunted is told in the captivating voice of a young heroine who is determined to discover the truth about what happened on that winter night.
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Help for the Haunted recently received a starred Booklist review, a starred Publishers Weekly review, and Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) loved it: “Part ghost story, part coming-of-age story, John Searles’ ‘HELP FOR THE HAUNTED’ is a dazzling, dark portrait of a troubled family beset by the supernatural…The result is a novel both frightening and beautiful."

Want to know more? Check out an excerpt here!

About the author:

John Searles is the author of the national bestsellers Boy Still Missing and Strange but True. He frequently appears as a book critic on NBC's Today show and CBS's The Early Show. He is the Editor-at-Large of Cosmopolitan. His essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other national newspapers and magazines. He lives in New York City and can be found on Facebook and also on Twitter @searlesbooks.

Connect with John Searles: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Good luck!


  1. I just published my first book and was wondering how I might go about getting it on your site. The buy link is here:


    Please let me know!

  2. I'll admit though its not something I would read, it does sound interesting! Thanks for putting it on my radar, Momo! :)

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 


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